OLD LINES: Self-titled: 12” EP

May 17, 2013

You know the feeling you get when you see a great band live? The hair stands up on the back of your neck, and it feels like the music isn’t just vibrating in your ears, but right down to your DNA. That’s the feeling I’ve gotten both times I’ve seen Old Lines play, and their debut 12” captures that experience in vinyl form. The record features seven tracks, delivering Old Lines’ crushing riffs direct to you. I was a big fan of the band’s sharp political lyrics, which tackle a variety of topics, but especially on the track “Cages,” for its anti-vivisection theme. Vocalist Matt’s potent roar and the rest of the band’s thundering music is so intense on record, you’ll swear you’re in a dirty basement somewhere experiencing them live.

 –Paul J. Comeau (oldlines bandcamp.com, [email protected])